WHORE team was invited to Toi Whakaari to speak about our play, amongst other guests including ‘Rhubarb Rouge’ (Ricky Beirao) who performs in ‘Lashings Of Whipped Cream’ at BATS Theatre also. The film ‘The Last Saint’ screened in Wellington on 25 September, written/directed by Rene Naufahu. Some of the cast: Beulah Koale & Sophia Huybens spoke about their journey for this “gritty, raw and confrontational urban crime drama” surrounding methamphetamine use and supply. Can’t wait to see it!
Guest Blogger: Donna Banicevich-Gera
‘Whore’ written and directed by Melissa Fergusson is a risky, emotional, moving production. It’s not surprising some may find it a hard collection of stories to swallow. It is. But the group of monologues, told by six characters, is neither flippant, nor forgettable.
The stories, presented by three actors, were developed by Melissa based on the experiences of sex workers from the streets of Auckland’s Karangahape Rd.
Pick any story, pick any actor – they’re all good. So gut wrenchingly good in fact, you’d be hard pressed to choose a preference. Each story has its place, and is retold with a heartfelt honesty.
Melissa’s work is unique, in your face contemporary theatre. She’s prepared to put herself on the line. The idea of her taking on the easy projects is probably never going to occur. To date her plays have all pushed the boundaries, and ‘Whore’ is no different.
Donna Banicevich Gera